Book Review: Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer
4 Stars , Fantasy , Fiction , Latest Posts / April 29, 2019

About: Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer is a novel taking place in present day New York City, involving a search for a missing manuscript by Edgar Allen Poe in a hidden world of magic and magical creatures. Mr. Schaefer has wrote several books which deal with the supernatural and the occult. 445 pages Publisher: 47North Language: English ISBN-10: 1542043999   My rating for Ghosts of Gotham – 4 Buy Ghosts of Gotham from* More Books by Craig Schaefer * Thoughts: Reading the description for this book it seems to be right up my alley including books about books (who doesn’t love those?), magic, and an interesting premise. With these high hopes, I was glad that Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer actually did deliver. While the manuscript is a small part of the story, simply meant to drive the plot forward and an excuse to join up some characters, it was still a worthy idea and well executed. New York City, written in a way which reminds me of the grim noir novels, is a perfect setting for the dark forces at work, as well as the personal trauma the protagonists of this story go through. While I…

Book Review: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall
5 Stars , Fantasy , Fiction , Latest Posts / April 10, 2019

About: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall is a fantasy novel which reimagines World War I involving sorcerers soldiers. Ms. Stovall is an author and history professor from California. 325 pages Publisher: TCK Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 1631610678 My rating for The Ethereal Squadron – 5 Buy The Ethereal Squadron from* More books by Shami Stovall* Thoughts: My interest in fantasy books which involve magic has everyone I know, including myself, bewildered. The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall seems to hit almost all the buttons for me, magic and historical fiction, who could resist? The protagonist in this story, Geist, has a lot to deal with, not only is she a woman pretending to be a man (pretending to be a woman in one case), but she also has deal with leading men who are far better soldiers than she is, and they don’t’ completely trust her. Geist constantly questions herself and her abilities, but she is sure of two things: her belief that what she is doing is right, and that she most likely won’t survive. The fact that she’s the daughter of a powerful enemy doesn’t help either. The author also delves into the pre-World Wars class structure in Europe, something which…

Book Review: Breach by W.L. Goodwater
4 Stars , Fantasy , Fiction , Latest Posts , Science Fiction / September 26, 2018

About:Breach by W.L. Goodwater is a novel taking place in the aftermath of World War II, where the remaining powers fight with magic as well as conventional means. This book is apparently the first in a series. 368 pages Publisher: Ace Language: English ISBN-10: 0451491033 My rating for Breach – 4Buy Breach from*More Books by W.L. Goodwater Thoughts:For a few years now I have enjoyed novels featuring magical fantasy. I don’t read them often because I’m very picky about the genre, which is why I believe that I enjoy the few that I read.  Breach by W.L. Goodwater combines several genres which I enjoy reading about: magic, World War II, geopolitics, and espionage. I thought this novel was very entertaining. The author managed to find a balance between telling a story and sending a message, or making a point, without hitting the reader over the head with it. The plot has a lot of moving parts, not all of them come to an end, but I’ll chalk that up that it’s the first in a series. The characterization, I felt, was pretty good. The author introduced a lot of people, but managed to only develop a few, err on the side of…

Thoughts on: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 22, 2011

About: Yes, I’ve read a magic book. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrellby Susanna Clarke is a fictional book about magicians set in 1800s England. 800 pages Publisher: Bloomsbury USA ISBN-10: 1582346038 My rat­ing for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — 5 Buy & Save on Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK More books by Susanna Clarke Thoughts: I usually don’t read books about magic, but when Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite authors, recommended Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, which was on sale for the day, I grabbed it up immediately. The novel surprised me. It was excellent, funny and imaginative yet not crossing into the land of unpronounceable names, fantastic creatures and geography so convoluted my simple mind cannot process it. As in any interesting book, this one also has layers which allow the reader to think about and explore. Jealousy, friendship, envy, love, arrogance and, of course, redemption are all touched upon by this most interesting book. The way Ms. Clarke has recreated England was, to me, one of the highlights of the book. In a style reminiscent of Mr….

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